Luke Perry's fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer has spoken publicly for the first time since the actor's sudden death, saying he will be "dearly missed" and that he was "an extraordinary man".

Perry died at the age of 52 on Monday (March 4), five days after suffering a stroke.

Bauer has now thanked fans "for the outpouring of love and support" following Perry's sudden death.

In a statement released to People, she said: "I want to express my gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of love and support.

"The countless, heartwarming stories of Luke’s generosity and kindness have been a great source of solace during this difficult time."

"The past 11½ years with Luke were the happiest years of my life, and I am grateful to have had that time with him. 

"I also want to thank his children, family, and friends for their love and support. We have found comfort in one another and in the knowledge that our lives were touched by an extraordinary man. He will be dearly missed."

A representative for Perry announced his passing in a statement, saying he was surrounded by "his children Jack and Sophie, fiancée Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends."

Perry's 18-year-old daughter Sophie from his marriage to ex-wife Rachel 'Minnie' Sharp thanked people for their support following Perry's death.

She wrote in an Instagram post: "I made it back from Malawi just in time to be here with my family, And in the past 24 hours I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support.

"I cannot individually respond to the hundreds of beautiful and heartfelt messages, but I see them, and appreciate you all for sending positivity to my family and I."

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Perry's former co-stars Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty also paid emotional tribute to the actor.

He is best known for playing Dylan McKay in the teen show Beverly Hills, 90210 and was currently starring as Archie's father Fred Andrews in Riverdale.

Riverdale's creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said the remaining episodes of the show would be dedicated to Perry.